NHS priorities

Whether it’s to prepare for the next Quality Payments Scheme deadline, or to increase your confidence in helping people with a learning disability, this section provides topic-specific pages that link to current NHS priorities. This section will support you in keeping your knowledge and skills up to date in order to provide high-quality pharmacy services and be service-ready.

Clinical pharmacy

Our clinical portfolio is expanding on a frequent basis, helping you to advance your knowledge and skills and deliver medicines optimisation in practice for all sectors of pharmacy. From two new focal points a year to our small group learning for hospital pharmacists – Optimise – this section focuses on clinical pharmacy, diseases and therapeutics.

Public health

The public health agenda is embedded in pharmacy, yet topics such as emergency contraception or stop smoking support are as prevalent as ever. As well as our public health workshops, use this section to access a wide range of resources to assure and maintain your competence, all underpinned by the Declaration of Competence system.

Community pharmacy

We deliver a range of workshops on key clinical topics each year to offer pharmacy professionals in primary care settings a clinical focus on practice. Our recent topics are asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These workshops are run by our tutors across England and are usually face-to-face events but are currently all being delivered online. Our online workshops are interactive and continue to offer opportunities for you to share practice and learn from and with your peers.

To find out more about what to expect from our delivery of online learning you can watch this short video.


You can also study previous topics and distance learning programmes and you can see the range of available programmes in the list below. Our latest topic is asthma.

You can also study previous topics and distance learning programmes and you can see a selection of available programmes in the list below.

For other learning formats on clinical topics (eg, online or distance learning programmes) use our search facility at the top of the page or our A-Z tab to filter your options.

Pharmacy teams can also use the materials to learn in small groups called learning communities or you can download the programmes for self-study.

Our online environment theLearningpharmacy.com™ supports the whole community pharmacy team with practice-based learning. Each pharmacy floor offers short interactive challenges, based on common pharmacy scenarios, that you can study on your own or use to engage your team in learning.


Programme formats explained

distance learning

Self-study programmes available as PDFs


Online assessments


Online courses held over a number of weeks, supported by a CPPE tutor


Self-study online interactive learning, podcasts or e-lectures

focal point

Programmes for community pharmacy teams


Self-study guides available as PDFs

online workshop

Online workshops facilitated by a CPPE tutor


Programmes for hospital and primary care pharmacy teams


Local workshops facilitated by a CPPE tutor or some you can deliver yourself

Learning levels explained

We recognise that people have different learning needs. Some of our programmes contain core learning while others deliver more complex learning that is only required to support certain roles. We have three categories of learning (1,2,3) and have allocated each programme to an appropriate category.

Core learning. Builds on limited knowledge. Some background reading may be required.

Application of knowledge. Assumes prior learning.

Supporting specialisms. We may not be the provider and will signpost you to other learning providers.

Learning programmes from other providers which complement your learning.